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Plymouth funeral for killed Royal Marine Barry Weston

Sgt Barry Weston funeral
Image caption Sgt Barry Weston is among seven members of 42 Commando to die in Afghanistan this year

The funeral of a Royal Marine and father-of-three who was killed in Afghanistan has been held in Plymouth.

Sgt Barry "Baz" Weston, of 42 Commando, was killed by a roadside bomb on 30 August.

The 40-year-old was leading a patrol near the village of Sukmanda in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.

The service for Reading-born Sgt Weston, who had served 20 years as a marine, was held at St Andrew's Church.

His wife Joanne was at the service with their three young daughters, Jasmine, Poppy and Rose.

'Great bravery'

Sgt Weston's family called him a "caring and loving son and husband and a devoted father".

Maj Steve McCulley said Sgt Weston, who had served in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq, was a "man of great bravery".

He had volunteered, at short notice, to deploy to Afghanistan as a battle casualty replacement.

"It just showed his commitment to the corps the fact that he was willing to volunteer to go out to Afghanistan at short notice," he said.

"It was an inspirational thing to do."

The number of British military deaths in operations in Afghanistan since 2001 stands at 382 after another member of the 42 Commando was shot dead on 19 September.

Marine David Fairbrother was the seventh member of the Bickleigh Barracks-based unit to die in Afghanistan since its deployment started in April.

Sgt Weston's body was the first to arrive at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after military repatriations were moved from RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

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